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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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4,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,425
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 162
Gots: 316 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of lstokes
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best pilsner out there? I don't like pilsners as a rule (they're like IPAs with muzzles!) but this made me understand the style.

Golden with a fluffy full head, nose of soft citrus hops and a bit of grass. The taste is pretty awesome--medium body and carbonation supporting bold lemon and spiced floral hops and a full malt profile. Finishes with a nice bitter zing, very sessionable.

Victory blows by the competition once again.

lstokes, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Jmick28, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev -1%

djcira, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pinche_Oso, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of jrand2621
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jrand2621, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory has done a fantastic job. Their beers are consistently well done. The Pils is a fine example of a European Pils, rarely found in America. This beer is clean and drinkable. I rarely buy the same beer week after week, but this is a fine beer and I seek it out, especially when the weather is warm.

cichief, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very slight haze, yellow, puffy head. Nice lace windows.

S: A bit bready, slight skunk ( per style ), Apples.

T: some sweet bread, nice hops, slight citrus. Awesome.

M: Light, bright, refreshing as hell.

D: Wow, my new favorite Pils. Now, I'm not sure the German Pils I have had were real freah, but, so far, this outclasses any of them I have tasted.

KI9A, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jlogan7, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev -1%

jfstilling, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4/5  rDev -1%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of shroompod
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into pint glass.

Clear straw colored. Small head retains some lace.

Smell has hop presence ,faint sweetness.

Taste is mostly hops with a clean pilsner malt in the background. More hop flavor than a typical german pilsner.

Moutfeel is light , good carbonation.

Drinkabitly is high. I think I'll knock one back after mowing the grass.

shroompod, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of craftbrew502
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

craftbrew502, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of trevorwideman
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle procured for me in Minneapolis by rudge75. Thank you so much Dave! Poured into a pilsner glass.

Lovely pour, 1 inch of head recedes slowly. Carbonation is quite mild but keeps a little bit of lace. Typical pilsner colour, light straw but not too pale, unfiltered and slightly hazey. Subdued nose, but delicious all the same. Light and flowery noble hop aromas, slightly earthy. Nutty malt sweetness as well, and a bit of apple blossom.

Taste is, wow....unexpected. This is extremely tasty! The hop character is so pronounced and unique and unlike anything I've had. Hop character is decidedly herbal and a little piney too, with a bit of floral grassiness. Crisp crackery malt character as well, slight nuttiness in the background. Body is light and finishes welcomingly dry. This an exceptional example of a pilsener, and drinkable all night long. It's a beautiful day outside, and I wish I had more than one, I'll tell you that.

trevorwideman, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours a dark golden with a medium head (.5-1 inches). Smells fruity and grassy. Taste definitely grew on me - at first, hoppy bitterness overwhelms you, but a flowery-fruit aftertaste came through after a few sips. The herbal hints balance out the hops very nicely and you have yourself a very nice brew. It is a very unique selection from Victory.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Light gold in color, with brilliant clarity. Thin white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Low grainy malt sweetness, almost like graham crackers. Medium floral hop bouquet with big herbal/spicy/noble notes with subtle undertones of light citrus. Slight hint of some yeast character (green apple/fruitiness), though not enough to be off-putting.

Flavor-Simple grainy malt backbone-hops are the star of the show here. Hop bitterness begins medium low, but grows to a moderate bitterness and lingers on through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Hop flavors are earthy, herbal, spicy, and noble. Aside from hops and malt, the flavor is quite clean.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, medium high carbonation. Well attenuated malt leads to a crisp and refreshing finish.

A fantastic interpretation of a German pilsner, with an assload of hops. You could drink this all day.

plfahey, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Duesler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Duesler, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

sjstraub, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer! I am consuming on the review date. However, the best before date is 9/8/08, roughly 4 months ago.

A - Poured into my Trumer Pils glass. Slightly hazy medium golden color, thin white head with good retention and some lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Sweet maltiness with some pilsener grain character. Floral hops.

T - Floral hops hit up front with the graininess holding up well. Finishes medium-dry, could be a little crisper. Bitterness is medium, lingering on into the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink, could have a few more. For this style of beer, we should expect a high level of drinkability and this beer is right on. Could use a drier finish and a bump in malt character to further enhance overall experience.

BrewerB, Jan 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rmehughes, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchipper, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

cmq103, Jan 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

KMcG, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Ted, Mar 11, 2012
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,425 ratings.